Security and insurance are not addressed by a great many places of worship, usually because of competing demands on their funds. This is a serious problem when a theft or damage occurs. The east side of England, in particular, has been experiencing a growing trend of organised crime. Suffolk Historic Churches Trust took matters into their own hands and launched a very successful campaign and grant scheme last year. NCT contributed a small amount to this, but was not in a position to extend the scheme. NCT started negotiations with security providers with a view to negotiating special offers for places of worship.
The HHCT has welcomed a new Security Funding Scheme announced by the Home Office. The first tranche has a very short window – only eight weeks and this opened a month ago. The deadline for the first round is 20 September, but there will be a second chance in March 2017. The scheme is open to individual applications from places of worship. Please note that while there is a list of approved suppliers under the scheme, places of worship should check with their insurers as to their approval when making their choice of contractor.
Details can be found here